November 21, 2014 will be the 42nd annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.
World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.
As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. The World Hello Day web site address is http://www.worldhelloday.org.
This day commemorates August 6, 1945 when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. A young Japanese girl dreamed of creating 1000 paper cranes to release into the wind as a symbol of peace throughout the world. Each year at the Hiroshima Peace Park 1000 paper cranes are released into the wind in the hope that the death and destruction caused by war will never be repeated.
What: Au Pair in America Central Maryland Cultural Fair
When: Saturday, February 25, 1-3 pm
Where: Bowie Library (Large Meeting Room)
15210 Annapolis Road (Rt. 450), Bowie, MD 20715
Local au pairs from countries around the globe, will share their cultures through visual displays, food samples, games and performances. Children will receive passports and have them stamped as they visit each country. Admission is free. If you have any questions, email me at cconnallyaupair @ gmail.com (without the spaces.)
We are collecting Wish List Items for Children’s National Medical Center, see details HERE.
Here is a video from a previous year’s Cultural Fair
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides and opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by the United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.
“we bring the world together”
Au Pair in America brings the world together, so we thought it would be fun to bring the world to you with updates on the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Enjoy!
Joannie Rochette of Canada skated an inspiring and emotional short program last night, not 48 hours after her mother passing away suddenly of a heart attack. Her score of 71.36, a personal best for the short program, put her in third place going into the ladies long program on Thursday.
Program Overview (from the Disney website)
We want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service to a participating organization in their communities. So we’re celebrating these volunteers’ good works by giving each of them a 1-day, 1-theme park ticket to the Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free. There’s no better time to make a dream come true for others and let us make a few come true for you.You must pre-register and sign up through this site to volunteer and complete your service at an eligible volunteer opportunity in the fifty United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada to receive a ticket after verification of such service. Ticket quantities for this program are limited. You must be at least 18 to sign up. You may only sign up a maximum of 8 members of your household. Children must be at least 6 to participate in the program. One ticket per person, regardless of the number of times you volunteer. Program begins January 1, 2010 and continues until tickets are distributed or until December 15, 2010, whichever occurs first. Your voucher for a free ticket must be redeemed by December 15, 2010, and used on the same day of redemption.
Other terms and conditions apply. See complete Program Terms & Conditions and FAQs.
Here are some New Year greetings from around the world. If yours is not listed, please share it with us by posting it in the comments.
- Chinese (Cantonese) – Sun nien fai lok
- Chinese (Mandarin) – Xin nian yu kuai
- Danish – Godt Nytår
- Dutch – Gelukkig nieuwjaar
- Farsi – Aide shoma mobarak
- French – Bonne année
- Gaelic – Aith-bhliain Fe Nhaise Dhuit
- German – Gutes Neues Jahr
- Hawaiian – Hauoli Makahiki Hou
- Hebrew – Shanah tovah
- Hindi (Indian) – Nav Varsh Ki Badhaai/ Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
- Hmong – Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab
- Indonesian – Elamat Tahun Baru
- Italian – Buon Capo d’Anno
- Japanese – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
- Norwegian – Godt Nyttår
- Pilipino (Tagalog) – Maligayang Bagong Taon
- Polish – Szczesliwego Nowego roku
- Portuguese – Feliz ano novo
- Romanian – La Multi Ani
- Russian – S Novym Godom
- Spanish – Feliz Año Nuevo
- Sudanese – Wilujeng Tahun Baru
- Swedish – Gott Nytt År
- Turkish – Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
- Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Thanks to my fellow community counselor, Lisa Burger for compiling this great list!
Here is another video that has been a long time in the making. This is a video of au pairs participating in our Central & Southern Maryland Cultural Fair on February 7, 2009.